"Sustainable development requires sustainable peace" says UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets world leaders at the Opening Ceremony of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China
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"Sustainable development requires sustainable peace" the UN Secretary-General has told the G20 summit of global leaders which is underway in Hangzhou, China.

The leaders of the world's richest nations are discussing  wide-ranging economic issues at the annual meeting, while the Chinese Presidency is keen to emphasize sustainable development efforts as a core element of the G20 agenda.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The annual meeting of the G20 group of countries focuses on a comprehensive list of trade and economic development issues.

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon was there to emphasize the importance of sustainable development which forms the centre-piece of the 2030 Agenda that world leaders signed up to last year.

He said development is only possible in times of peace.

"Sustainable development requires sustainable peace: for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to succeed, for a steady economic growth to be achieved, we need peace and development to work hand in hand. The United Nations will continue to support nations in transition, as they strive to ensure peace, development and human rights."

The final communiqué of the G20 Summit is expected to encourage the speedy entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, a key element of sustainable development.

On Saturday, both China and the United States announced their ratification of the international agreement, taking it a step closer to becoming a reality.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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